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No. 3 – Classic Chinese Black Tea from Joseph Wesley Black Tea


classicChineseTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Tea Description:

Joseph Wesley’s Black Tea No. 3 is an organically-certified tea from the famed Long Jing cultivars of China’s Zhejiang Province. This tea is hand-harvested from the mountains of Zhu Jia Jian island in the Putuo district of the Zhoushan archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Bold and straightforward, this delightful tea can be enjoyed throughout the day and will pair with any of your favorite adjuncts (milk and sugar / spice and honey).

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This No. 3 – Classic Chinese Black Tea from Joseph Wesley Black Tea is the third tea that I’ve tried from this company … and all three have done nothing but astound me!  I am so very impressed by this company.

The large, chocolate-y brown leaves smell lightly earthy with a hint of sweetness.  The liquid these lovely leaves produce is a deep brown color that smells rich and rewarding, like that first cup of tea that you look forward to in the morning.

The flavor is equally as rewarding, with its rich chocolate-y notes and sweet caramel-y undertone.  There are notes of malt and this has that flavorful, chewy kind of taste that evokes thoughts of freshly baked bread.  It is deeply satisfying.

There are notes of earth within the sip, as well as a fruit-like flavor that reminds me of a sweet plum.  Every once in a while, if I slurp my sip, I pick up on a hint of flower in the distance.  But mostly what I taste is the sweeter notes of cacao and honeyed caramel.

This is one of those teas that you want to have on hand so that you can enjoy it frequently.  It’s so good.

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